Members of the Lagos state chapter of the PDP have described as shocking the death of the state caretaker chairman, Babatunde Solanke.

He was confirmed dead on Saturday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital after he slumped at a hotel in Ikeja.

He has since been buried in his hometown of Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Solanke, who attained the chairmanship post in August, was preparing to conduct a congress to elect a new executive as directed by the party's constitution.

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Moshood Salvador, a factional chairman before the resolution of the schism in the party, said Solanke’s death came as a surprise as he had on Saturday received a text from the deceased about the scheduled meeting.

“He was a complete gentleman who was trying his best to unite everyone ahead of the congress.

“He is a peacemaker and a friend of all. This a great loss for the PDP family. It is so sad that we have lost him.

“I pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and the fortitude for the family to bear the loss,” he told NAN.

Another former factional chairman of Lagos PDP, Segun Adewale, described the death as sad.

He added that he has information that Solanke scheduled meetings with some chieftains of the party.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.

With the death of Solanke, the proposed congress has been postponed.

This was disclosed by the Head of Publicity of the caretaker committee, Femi Careena.

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